The club in the mid 1960s, also showing the first minibus run by the Union (ICU). The photo was taken by WWKC member Frank Pilkington at an early slalom and the figure on the left is Mick Feeney who continues to photograph many events at WWKC.
WWKC was founded in 1963 — 2013 saw us celebrate 50 years in operation — by a group of individuals from Dalkey, who were originally sea kayakers.
The group decided to set up a multi-discipline kayaking club on the banks of the Liffey and chose a site in north Dublin on the Strawberry Beds, the home of the flourishing club to the present day.
In the beginning, WWKC had as Commodore, John De Courcy Ireland, a very well known Irish maritime historian and political activist, who died in 2006 aged 94. In the early days of the club formation, it was mainly a slalom club, a kayaking discipline that had club members representing Ireland in the Olympics over the years.
WWKC members have also represented Ireland at European and World Championship levels in many kayaking disciplines and the club also boasts some of the country’s top whitewater river runners and instructors.